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Leadership Standards & Outcomes


For all students in leadership positions at Messiah College we ask them to agree to pursue the following standards and outcomes.


General Student Leader Standards

  1. Maintain eligibility for leadership by meeting chapel and academic requirements.
  2. Conduct myself professionally, and in a manner consistent with College Behavioral Standards and Guidelines.
  3. Follow through on all commitments and requirements of the position.
  4. Serve as an ambassador of Messiah College and God’s Kingdom both on and off campus.
  5. Compassionately confront inappropriate attitudes and behaviors of others.
  6. Maintain confidentiality as it relates to privileged, confidential, or sensitive information.
  7. Accept responsibility for choices, behaviors, and actions.
  8. Maintain balance and perspective by saying “no” to things that cannot be completed.


General Student Leader Outcomes


  1. The Call to Lead: Students will understand leadership as influence and that God calls all Christians to lead as Christ led.
  2. Self Awareness & Spiritual Formation: Students will be aware of the values, emotions, attitudes, and beliefs that motivate them to take action and will consciously be working toward aligning these elements with a Christ-centered perspective.
  3. Vision Casting: Students will articulate a vision for the future that is rooted in an understanding of their gifts, talents, and abilities and God’s calling to influence others.


Christian Character

  1. Servanthood: Students will be humble in their use of authority and power, and will attend to the needs of their followers.
  2. Integrity: Students will practice honesty with themselves, God, and others, resulting in behaviors that are consistent with their beliefs.
  3. Teachable Spirit: Students will make themselves available to God for the ongoing transformation of the heart that produces the fruit of the spirit (love, joy, peace, etc.). They will admit mistakes and shortcomings, knowing that authenticity and transparency is part of the growth process.
  4. Valuing all People: Students will treat all people as image bearers of God, value the diversity of each person, and work for social justice and equality in organizations and interpersonal relationships.



  1. Communication: Students will actively listen to others and communicate effectively.
  2. Collaboration: Students will work with others in a common effort, building cohesive teams that strive to accomplish the group’s goals through shared responsibility, authority, and accountability.
  3. Interpersonal Skills: Students will treat others and themselves with respect and will effectively resolve conflicts with civility recognizing that controversy often leads to new, creative solutions to problems.
  4. Time Management: Students will effectively manage their time and delegate tasks to others.
  5. Goal Setting:  Students will set clear and measurable goals and take appropriate actions necessary to reach stated goals.
  6. Decision-Making: Students will be effective decision-makers through defining problems, developing alternatives implementing solutions and assessing outcomes.
  7. Intercultural Competence: Students will be aware of how their culture shapes their understanding of themselves, other people, their immediate context, the world, and will have knowledge of different cultural practices and will demonstrate genuine and constructive engagement in cross-cultural contexts.